Tech-savvy fifth graders at John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School shared their knowledge with kindergartners about a digital learning tool they will use frequently over the next seven years.
Youngsters in Jennifer McGovern and Dave Lopez’s class recently received their first iPads, which are filled with educational apps. Ms. McGovern and Mr. Lopez explained that it is a school tool, so they will be using it different than they would an iPad at home. Kindergartners then got a personalized overview of the iPads with their fifth grade buddies.
During the tutorials, fifth graders showed their kindergarten peers how to log on to the iPads using a QR code, how to access the different apps through Clever, and how to care for the devices. Fifth graders then watched as kindergartners navigated the iPads themselves, which providing support along the way.
“It’s an opportunity for the fifth graders to be leaders and role models,” Ms. McGovern said, “and the kindergartners get one-on-one instruction.”
In kindergarten, students will primarily use the iPads to access iReady, an enrichment tool for literacy and math, and RazKids, where they can access digital books customized to their reading levels. Fifth grader also showed kindergartners the whiteboard app, a fun tool for free drawing.